Big bass making their way into the bay

Striped bass fishing continues to explode. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, East Providence said, “There are tons of small bass being caught in the Providence River off Sabin Point and Beach Road behind the Carousel (East Providence). Anglers are also landing bass from the bridges in Barrington and Warren. Some are floating clam tongues in the current using a ¾ once egg sinker.” Littlefield continued to say a customer caught a 20 pound striped bass at Sabin Point. Mike Swain of Coventry caught a 39” striped bass live-lining a pogie (Atlantic Menhaden) off Barrington Beach last weekend.” said John Wunner of John’s Bait & Tackle, North Kingstown. Mike John Migliori of Newport caught his first keeper of the year (35”) in Portsmouth from the beach at 10 p.m. using native squid for bait. John said, “I knew it was a good fish from the word go.” Ken Ferrara of Ray Bait in Warwick said, “The fishing for school bass continues to be great in Greenwich Bay and Cove with some keepers being caught too.” On the RISAA blog Kevin Harrington reports, “Put a 38 pound, 10 ounce striper in the kayak at 7:30 a.m. (this weekend) in Mt Hope Bay (with an) incoming tide, with a light NW wind. Not another nibble though.” Kevin was using tube and worm.

Tautog season ends for the spring at the end of the month.  Big fish are being caught at Conimicut light, Hope Island and off coastal shores.  Thad Grenier said he and friends caught ten keepers and two shorts to ten plus pounds when fishing an incoming tide at Conimicut Light on Sunday using crabs. Ken Landry has been landing tautog every day in the Hope Island area said Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait.

Summer flounder is picking up offshore with the Frances Fleet reporting a strong bite for May. Roger Simpson said, “Best day of the (week) was last Sunday where the first angler limit was recorded and there were many fish in the 3 to 4 pound range. Monday had the week’s biggest fish with a seven pound slab.” Not many anglers are targeting fluke yet as most seem to be concentrating on striped bass and tautog.

Freshwater fishing is good. John Wunner of John’s Bait said, “The trout fishing in all the ponds stocked by DEM has been outstanding. Customers are very excited about DEM’s Golden Trout program. There have been a lot of anglers fishing for them.” Largemouth bass fishing has been good too, added Wunner.

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years.  He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net.

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